Soul legend Chaka Khan has been chosen by UNCF to receive its prestigious Award of Excellence at their 32nd annual An Evening of Stars. A multitude of stars will pay tribute to Khan by performing some of her most popular hit songs, while highlighting the 60,000 students whose education UNCF supports each year.
UNCF is honoring Khan for her distinguished career as an artist, her longstanding support of UNCF and for her personal philanthropic endeavor, the Chaka Khan Foundation, founded in 1999 to help women and children at risk. She has been a frequent performer on An Evening of Stars and has lent her support to numerous other UNCF fundraising events over the years.
A ten-time Grammy Award-winner, best known for such hit songs as “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “I Feel for You” and “Through the Fire,” Khan helped define the Eighties with her distinctive vocal style and boundless energy.
Previous Award of Excellence honorees include Lou Rawls, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, and Lionel Richie.
UNCF’s An Evening of Stars will be taped September 25 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and televised nationally in January 2011. Pre-sale tickets will be available for 50% off by using code “AEOS 2011” through Ticketmaster and Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box office from August 13th-August 27th.